Eric Schwartz currently is Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He previously was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration; directed the Connect U.S. Fund, a multi-foundation/NGO collaborative seeking to promote responsible U.S. engagement overseas; served as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery; was a lead expert for the Mitchell-Gingrich Task Force on UN Reform; and served as the second-ranking official at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
Eric also served at the National Security Council at the White House, ultimately as Senior Director and Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs, and as Staff Consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his work on the subcommittee, he was Washington Director of the human rights organization Asia Watch (now known as Human Rights Watch – Asia).
Eric has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a visiting lecturer of public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, teaching both undergraduate and graduate seminars, taskforces, and workshops.
Eric holds a law degree from New York University School of Law, a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.